Virginia State University Department of History
HIST 325: Survey of Latin America
 Spring 2011

Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles
Email: cproenza@vsu.edu
Office: 101-H Colson Hall
Hours: M 2-4, W 2-6, and by appointment

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
An overview of the history, culture, and politics of Latin American from the pre-Columbian era to the present.

I wish to thank the Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill for providing many of the resources upon which the course is based.

COURSE MATERIAL:
--The course website at www.christinaproenza.org will have required readings, study questions, and the latest assignments.
--Chasteen, John Charles, Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. Second Edition. By John Charles Chasteen. Available in bookstore and on reserve in library.
--Andrews, George Reid, Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000, New York: Oxford, 2004.  Available in bookstore and on reserve in library.
--Readings not provided on the web or in the books listed above will be on reserve in the library as well as on E-RESERVE.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1) Students should not make or receive phone calls or text messages during class. Students who are unable to meet this requirement should drop the class. 

2) Students are required to do the assigned reading before class and to discuss or raise questions about the material in class.

3) The course requires students to submit typed answers to weekly study questions posted on the website based on the weekly readings.  These weekly assignments will determine the course grade. 

4) Attendance is mandatory. Missing more than one class will automatically lower your course grade by a letter grade. (Two absences lower by one letter grade, three absences lower by two letter grades. Students who miss more than three classes will automatically fail the course.) Leaving early or arriving late will be counted as an absence.

5) Students who exhibit plagiarism or cheating in any form will fail the course.

Bibliography

 

WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION

Jan 19: Introduction notes
--Chasteen, John, “Introduction,” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 15-23.
--Andrews, George Reid, “Introduction,” Afro-Latin America, pp. 3-10.

 

WEEK 2: AMERICA, IBERIA, & AFRICA BEFORE THE CONQUEST (QUESTIONS)*

Jan 26:
--Ancient America WEB
--Burkholder, Mark and Lyman Johnson “America, Iberia, and Africa Before the Conquest,” Colonial Latin America, 6th Edition, New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 1-51. WEB
--Landers, Jane, “Precedents for an Afro-Caribbean Society in Florida,” Black Society in Spanish Florida, Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999, pp. 7-10. WEB
--Gates, Henry Louis and Maria Wolff, “An Overview of the Sources of on the Life and Work of Juan Latino, the ‘Ethiopian Humanist,” Research in African Literatures 29:4 Winter 1998, pp. 14-51. WEB
--Bennett, Lerone, Jr., Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, 1619-1962, Penguin, 1984 [1962], pp.3-26. WEB

 

WEEK 3: FIRST ENCOUNTERS (QUESTIONS)

Feb 2:
--Africa’s Greatest Explorer WEB
--Atlantic Islands WEB
--
The Rise of Slavery and the Atlantic System WEB
--Chasteen, John, “Encounter, 1492-1600” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 25-57.
--Restall, Matthew, “Introduction,” and “A Handful of Adventurers,” Seven Myths of Spanish Conquest, New York: Oxford, 2003, pp. xiii-26. WEB
--Precolumbian Arrivals and Spanish Conquests WEB

 

WEEK 4: BLACK CONQUISTADORES & PIRATES (QUESTIONS)

Feb 9: notes
--Restall, Matthew, “Black Conquistadores: Armed Africans in Early Spanish Americas,” The Americas 57:2 October 2000, pp. 171-205. WEB

--Landers, Jane, “Precedents for an Afro-Caribbean Society in Florida,” Black Society in Spanish Florida, pp. 10-28. WEB
--Discovery in Mexico WEB
--Afro-Latin American Identity WEB
--Black Pirates WEB

 

WEEK 5: THE COLONIAL PERIOD (QUESTIONS)

Feb 16: notes *
--Chasteen, John, “Colonial Crucible, 1600-1810” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 59-89.
--Andrews, George Reid, “1800,” Afro-Latin America, pp. 11-52.
--Landers, Jane, “African American Women and Their Pursuit of Rights Through 19th Century Texts,” Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts, University of Virginia Press, 1997, pp. 56-76. WEB
--de la Fuente, Alejandro, “Slaves and the Creation of Legal Rights in Cuba: Coartacion and Papel,Hispanic American Historical Review. WEB


WEEK 6: SLAVERY & RESISTANCE (QUESTIONS)

Feb 23: notes
--Siete Partidas WEB
--Klein, Herbert. Slavery in the Americas: A Comparative Study of Virginia and Cuba. University of Chicago Press, 1967, pp.37-87. WEB
--De la Fuente, Alejandro. “Forum: What Can Frank Tannenbaum Still Teach Us about the Law of Slavery?” Law and History Review 22:2 Summer 2004. WEB
--Herrera, Robinson, “’Por Que No Sabemos Firmar?’ Black Slaves in Early Guatemala,” The Americas 57:2, October 2000, pp. 247-267. WEB
--Fierer, Thomas, “Slaves and Freedmen in Colonial Central America: Rediscovering a Forgotten Black Past,” The Journal of Negro History 64:1 Winder 1979, pp. 39-57. WEB
--Brockington, Lolita, “The African Diaspora in the Eastern Andes: Adaptation, Agency, and Fugitive Action, 1573-1677,” The Americas 57:2, October 2000, pp. 207-224. WEB
--Munch, Francis review of “The African Slave in Colonial Peru, 1524-1650,” in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Vol. 432, July 1977, pp. 155-156. WEB

 

WEEK 7: REVOLT (QUESTIONS)

Mar 2: notes
--Price, Richard, ed. Maroon Societies: Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996 [1972], pp. xi-30. WEB
--Davis, David Brion. Review of “Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam.” New York Times March 30, 1989. WEB
--Kent, Palmares: An African State in Brazil WEB
--Knight, Franklin, “The Haitian Revolution,” American Historical Review 105:1 2004. WEB
--Bender, Thomas, “The Age of Revolution: Founding Fathers Dreamed of Uprisings,
Except in Haiti.” New York Times, 7/1/01. WEB

 

WEEK 8: INDEPENDENCE

Mar 9: notes
--Chasteen, John, “Independence, 1810-1825” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 91-118.
--Rout, Leslie. “Negroid Soldiers in the Wars of Independence.” The African Experience in Spanish America, 1502 to the Present Day. Cambridge, 1976, pp. 162-182. TBA
--Blanchard, Peter, “The Language of Liberation: Slave Voices in the Wars of Independence,” Hispanic American Historical Review 82:3 August 2002, pp. 499-523. WEB

 

Spring Break Mar 13-20

 

WEEK 9: INDEPENDENCE continued (QUESTIONS)

Mar 23: notes
--Andrews, George Reid, “The Wars for Freedom, 1810-1890” Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000, New York: Oxford, 2004 pp. 53-84.
--Vincent, Ted, “The Blacks Who Freed Mexico,” The Journal of Negro History 79:3 Summer 1994, pp. 257-276. WEB
--Andrews, George Reid, “The Politics of Freedom, 1810-1890” Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000, New York: Oxford, 2004 pp. 85-115.

Chasteen timeline: http://www.wwnorton.com/college/history/chasteen/timelines.htm#03

Anthony Marx, "Making Race and Nation," http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/world_politics/v048/48.2marx.html

 

WEEK 10: THE POLITICS OF 19th CENTURY FREEDOM (QUESTIONS)

Mar 30: notes
--Andrews, George Reid, “The Afro-Argentine Officers of Buenos Aries Province, 1800-1860,” The Journal of Negro History, 64:2, Spring 1979, pp. 85-100. WEB
--Chasteen, John, “Post-Colonial Blues, 1825-1850” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 119-148.
--Vinson, Ben, Review of “Changing History: Afro-Cuban Cabildos and Societies of Color in the Nineteenth Century” in The Americas 56:2 October 1999, pp. 293-295. WEB
--Helg, Aline, “Race and Black Moblization in Colonial and Early Indepdendent Cuba: A Comparative Persepctive,” Ethnohistory, Vol. 44, No. 1, (Winter 1997) pp. 53-74. WEB

 

WEEK 11: NEOCOLONIALISM (QUESTIONS)

Apr 6: notes
--Chasteen, John, “Progress, 1850-1880” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 149-180.
--Butler, Kim, “From Black History to Diasporan History: Brazilian Abolition in Afro-Atlantic Context,” African Studies Review 43:1 April 2000, pp. 125-139. WEB
--Chasteen, John, “Neocolonialism, 1880-1930” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 181-216.
--Turner, Lorenzo D., “Some Contacts of Brazilian Ex-Slaves With Nigeria, West Africa,” The Journal of Negro History, Vol 27, No. 1, (Jan 1942), pp. 55-67. WEB

Review of Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba. WEB

 

WEEK 12: NATIONALISM

Apr 13: notes
--Andrews, George Reid, “Whitening, 1880-1930” Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000, New York: Oxford, 2004 pp. 117-151.
--Chasteen, John, “Nationalism, 1910-1945” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 217-248.
--De la Fuente, Alejandro, “Race, National Discourse, and Politics in Cuba,” Latin American Perspectives 25:3 May 1998, pp. 43-69. WEB
--Cottrol, Robert, “The Long Lingering Shadow: Law, Liberalism, and Cultures of Racial Hierarchy and Identity in the Americas.” Tulane Law Review 76:1 2001. TBA

 

WEEK 13: REVOLUTION

Apr 20:
--Andrews, George Reid, “Browning and Blackening, 1930-2000” Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000, New York: Oxford, 2004 pp. 153-190.
--Chasteen, John, “Revolution, 1945-1960” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 249-329.
--Safa, Helen, “Introduction,” Latin American Perspectives 25:3 May 1998, pp. 3-20. WEB
--Torres-Saillant, “The Tribulations of Blackness: Stages in Dominican Racial Identity,” Latin American Perspectives 25:3 May 1998, pp. 126-146. WEB

--Murder in Guatemala

--Latin America Initiative: Drugs and Democracy, The Brookings Institution.

 

WEEK 14: RECENT ISSUES

Apr 27:
--Chasteen, John, “Reaction, 1960-1990” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 279-310.
--Andrews, George Reid, “Into the 21st Century,” Afro-Latin America, pp.191-201.
--Chasteen, John, “Neoliberalism” Born in Blood and Fire, pp. 311-329.